Tottenham flop delighted to be back firing in La Liga

December 30, 2019

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first_img Roberto Soldado Roberto Soldado is loving life back in La Liga after his disastrous spell at Tottenham.The Spanish hitman failed to find his best form at White Hart Lane following his record £26m move and netted just seven times in two years.But he has already netted twice for Villarreal after his cut-price return to his homeland this summer, and the 30-year-old admits he can barely believe his swift return to form,“Coming back has surpassed all of my expectations – I couldn’t have imagined that it would be as good as it has been so far,” he told AS.“I was really keen to come back to Spain, and above all to a club which has everything it needs to do things well“We know we’ve got great potential in attack and in defence if we play as a team. The players who arrived over the summer are trying to get to know each other so that we can enjoy a good understanding out on the pitch.“For the moment, it’s working out well and the team is creating lots of chances – we have to continue down this route and keep scoring a lot of goals which is what counts.” 1last_img read more


Chelsea line up v Newcastle: This XI to end St James’ Park curse?

December 30, 2019

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first_img 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – see our complete line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! Agree or disagree with our prediction? Let us know by leaving a comment below… 11 11 11 11 11 11 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11 18. Loic Remy (striker) 10. Eden Hazard (left wing) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back) 17. Pedro (right wing) 11 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) Newcastle v Chelsea is live on talkSPORT on 26 September at 5.30pm.As Chelsea languish in 15th place, eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City, the reigning Premier League champions simply cannot afford any more slip-ups when they play Newcastle United on Saturday evening.Jose Mourinho fielded a significantly altered XI in the League Cup mid-week, and is expected to make a number of changes for the trip to St James’ Park where they have not won since 2011.The major talking point concerns the absence of Diego Costa – who is serving a three-match suspension – and whether it will be Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao to step up in his absence. Then there’s the matter of their defence. Will John Terry retain his place or will Kurt Zouma be brought back into the side?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted line up by clicking the arrow above, right. 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11last_img read more


Former Tottenham midfielder latest to be targeted by China

December 30, 2019

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first_img1 Rafael van der Vaart Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is closing in on a move to China.The Dutchman only joined Real Betis last summer after leaving Hamburg on a free transfer.However the 33-year-old has endured a miserable time in Spain, making just seven La Liga appearances.Betis are now ready to sell Van der Vaart and, according to Bild, China is the most likely destination.The transfer window does not shut until February 26 in China and clubs out there have expressed an interest.Betis too are happy to get Van der Vaart off their wage bill, with the playmaker contracted to the Spanish side until June 2017.last_img read more


France gripped by Sarkozy divorce rumors

December 30, 2019

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first_imgPARIS – Will they or won’t they? One question has risen above the cacophony over President Nicolas Sarkozy’s sweeping reforms of France: Will he divorce his wife, Cecilia? Persistent rumors of an impending split materialized into a newspaper article Friday claiming an announcement of divorce plans was imminent. Losing the elegant but enigmatic Cecilia would be the first real blow to the popular Sarkozy since he took office in May. Sarkozy’s emotional attachment to the first lady, who shuns that title, is not questioned. She worked with her husband when he served as interior minister, and her counsel is assumed to have guided his presidency, including Cabinet appointments. Since then, Cecilia Sarkozy has been mostly absent from her husband’s side, and it became public knowledge that she failed to vote in the final round of the elections that made him president. Is she willfully enigmatic? Ill at ease as a first lady? Or out of love? Her role in the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed in Libya added to her mystery. Sent by her husband, she negotiated directly with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. But she shunned the limelight when Bulgaria wanted to award her its highest state honor, pulling out of the trip and leaving Sarkozy to pick up the medals alone. She also bowed out early from the couple’s first state event, a G-8 summit in Germany in June. And she was a no-show at a lunch offered by President George W. Bush in August, when the Sarkozys vacationed in New Hampshire. Sarkozy said his wife had a sore throat. The vacation was the last time the presidential couple was seen together. On its nightly news Friday, France 3 television showed footage of Cecilia’s last public appearance – when she landed in Bulgaria with the medical workers on a French presidential plane. A close-up of the first lady faded into static and the voice-over asked the question nagging at France: “Where is Cecilia?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Numerous photographs, some clearly staged for the media, have showed a couple in the full bloom of life. But there have been no photos recently, only questions. Sarkozy’s spokesman, David Martinon, said he would not comment on Friday’s report in the daily L’Est Republicain, which cited unidentified sources close to the presidential Elysee Palace. The first lady’s spokeswoman, Carina Alfonso-Martin, said: “We can’t comment on all rumors like that.” The couple’s 11th wedding anniversary is Oct. 23; they separated for several months in 2005. Rumors about their relationship began long before Sarkozy took office, fueled by sightings of Cecilia with another man. The current crescendo of unconfirmed reports comes barely five months after the presidential inauguration, in which the couple cut a cozy family portrait. Sarkozy, 52, and his wife, 49, each has been previously married. In photos splashed around the world, the family was lined up in the gilded halls of the Elysee Palace: Cecilia and her two daughters, the president’s two sons and the child from their marriage, Louis. In one photo, Sarkozy caressed his wife’s cheek. last_img read more


Beyonce is crazy in love with Ethiopia

December 30, 2019

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first_imgBeyonce Knowles joined the millennium celebrations in Ethiopia with a spirited concert in the capital of the Horn of Africa nation. Some 5,000 adoring fans in Ethiopia – a country normally unimpressed by Western music – turned out to see Beyonce. In this country, even teens tend to be loyal to music in the national language, Amharic. But Beyonce got a hysterical welcome when she came onstage. “I want to thank you,” the R&B star told the screaming crowd Saturday evening in return. “You have been one of the best audiences of my lifetime.” In a country where many women wear simple white, cotton dresses, Beyonce wore costumes covered in sequins or shiny, space-age material, from a modern interpretation of a hula girl with shiny black tendrils replacing the grass skirt to a high-necked Victorian-style top paired with sequined hot pants. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Beyonce’s concert was part of Ethiopia’s yearlong celebration of its 2,000th birthday according to its ancient calendar.last_img read more


Leicester 4-0 Swansea: Ulloa double edges Foxes closer to Premier League title

December 29, 2019

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first_img2 Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring before Leonardo Ulloa’s double put City out of sight Ranieri finally broke his silence on title talk ahead of a match that got off to a dream start, Mahrez blocking a poor Ashley Williams pass and showing wonderful composure to fire home.“History makes us who we are” read a banner held aloft by the home fans, whose early nerves were audible after Spurs’ dominant win against Stoke and Leicester’s rare slip-up against West Ham.Palpable tension soon turned to unbridled joy, though, as Swansea captain Williams’ attempt at a first-time pass hit Mahrez. It was a gift for the Algerian, who cut inside after his momentum had taken into the box and showed impressive composure to send a left-footed strike inside the near post.Schlupp, one of two Leicester changes, was proving a particular nuisance down the flank as Leicester tried to stave off a comeback, with an acrobatic Christian Fuchs attempt comfortably saved before Shinji Okazaki’s strike was deflected wide.Ranieri’s men would not have to wait long to increase their lead as Wayne Routledge’s foul on Wes Morgan led to a free-kick on the left flank, which Drinkwater curled in for Ulloa to superbly head home having got the better of Williams.“Are you watching, Tottenham?” echoed around the King Power Stadium but Swansea tried to peg back the hosts, with Fernandez again heading over before ex-Tottenham midfielder Sigurdsson tested Kasper Schmeichel from distance.Leicester were far more ruthless and grabbed a third in the 60th minute thanks to Schlupp’s pace and power, allowing him to beat Fernandez to the ball down the left. Williams denied his attempted pass to Ulloa but he reacted quickly to prod forwards, with the striker stretching to turn home at the far post.Fabianski produced a great stop to deny Andy King, on after Ulloa sustained a late knock, before City’s three substitutes combined for the fourth.Demarai Gray’s fine work down the right ended with a cushioned King header that fell kindly for the January signing. Fabianski kept out his strike impressively but Albrighton was there to slam home.In Sunday’s other Premier League game: Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal: Black Cats move out of the Premier League relegation zone Leicester City showed no fear without Jamie Vardy as they beat Swansea City 4-0 at the King Power. Playmaker Riyad Mahrez – a contender for Sunday evening’s PFA Player of the Season award – intercepted a poor pass early in the first half, shimmying past his marker before finishing low at the near post. Leonardo Ulloa – starting in the absence of suspended forward Vardy – doubled the Foxes’ lead after half an hour with a well-placed header that gave Lukasz Fabianski no chance. Claudio Ranieri’s men showed togetherness and unbelievable team spirit and they capitalised on poor defending to add a third. A long ball by Kasper Schmeichel was met by Jeffrey Schlupp, who raced free. With Leicester two-on-one, the Dutch wideman squared the ball across to Ulloa, who fired into an open goal at the far post with half an hour left on the clock.N’Golo Kante and Andy King had good chances to add a fourth, before Marc Albrighton fired home late on. The hosts comfortably saw out the victory which sees the East Midlands club move eight points clear of Tottenham, who play West Brom on Monday. Anything but a home victory at White Hart Lane could see the Foxes clinch the title at Manchester United next weekend, wrapping up one of the most remarkable triumphs in sporting history – never mind football. 2last_img read more


For Brown, everything is in place

December 29, 2019

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Even Brown has some surprises. On this day, he’s wearing an orange pullover Texas jacket, jeans and tennis shoes with no socks. He hates socks, by the way. This isn’t the Mack Brown most Texas fans saw before this year. He always has been like this, of course, but it’s amazing how quickly perceptions can change when you break a five-year losing streak to rival Oklahoma and make it to the national championship game. Texas plays USC on Wednesday in the Rose Bowl, the BCS title game. The knock on Brown in his first seven years at Texas was that he was too nice. A great recruiter who couldn’t win the big games. “Mr. February” they called him, in recognition of the top-tier recruiting classes he’d bring in, but which ended up being the highlight of the year when the Longhorns lost to OU and were relegated to the Holiday Bowl or the Cotton Bowl, left out of the Bowl Championship Series. “I don’t think it was ever true. But I think people get perceptions,” Brown said. “(USC coach) Pete Carroll smiles all the time and people say he’s too nice too, but now that he’s winning, now that we’re winning, everybody says, ‘Boy, their kids love ’em.’ ” That nice-guy image had become so pervasive that two of the top recruits in the state – Adrian Peterson of Palestine, Texas, and quarterback Rhett Bomar of Grand Prairie, Texas – cited it as a reason they chose Oklahoma over Texas. AUSTIN, Texas – At first glance, everything inside Mack Brown’s office seems perfectly placed. The giant cowhide rug is centered, his desk is neat, even the view from the leather couch where most visitors sit, is perfect, with a large, wide window that opens to Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. It’s at second and third glance though, that you realize Brown isn’t quite as square as you might’ve been led to believe from his nicely pressed pants and shirts and all those pitch-perfect, homespun quotes he so often regales the horde of media who cover his Texas football team with. It’s hard to say when the perception of Mack Brown began to change, but it was long before Texas finally broke through and ended its five-game losing streak to Oklahoma this season. Most people think it started near the end of last season, when Brown started campaigning for the Longhorns to make it into the BCS with their 10-1 record. At the time, the BCS had come under fire because one of the top three unbeaten teams in the country – Oklahoma, USC or Auburn – was going to be left out of the national title game, and another worthy team – California, Texas or Utah – was going to be left out of the BCS altogether. Texas had drawn the short straw in that equation the year before, when Kansas State upset Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game, knocking the Longhorns out of the BCS and back to the Holiday Bowl, where they suffered an embarrassing loss to Washington State. Brown didn’t want that to happen again, and it didn’t. Texas played in the Rose Bowl and beat Michigan with a stirring second-half comeback. Cal (then 10-1) was sent to the Holiday Bowl, and promptly lost to Texas Tech. “Our team was having to answer questions, for a two-week period before the Texas A&M game, about (how,) ‘You’re going to get left out again,’ ” Brown said. “So what I told them was, ‘Quit answering that question. You beat A&M and you’re 10-1 and I’ll step up for you.’ That’s simply all I did. There was such a big hullabaloo made out of it, though. “I didn’t say anything about Cal, I didn’t say anything about anybody else. In fact, I voted Cal in my top five or top six in the polls. I thought there was such an uproar about it, it was really foolish, because what an awful thing for a coach to speak well of his team after it just won its 10th game, and it’s ranked in the top five. “It’s amazing that as I looked around this year every coach was standing up for their team and nobody thought anything about it. … so maybe I helped. Maybe I’ve made it OK for a coach to stand up for his team.” Beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl was Texas’ first BCS victory and elevated the Longhorns’ national reputation. Texas had ended on a high note, as a team to watch this season with a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Vince Young. Their confidence swelled, as did Brown’s. He seemed more assured, and not just because Texas gave him a 10-year, $26-million contract in December 2004. His players have noticed a difference. “He’s like a totally different coach from when I first got here,” junior defensive back Michael Griffin. “This year, he’s just so focused. He’s more outspoken. There’s a swagger to him.” In other words, Brown was still nice, but not too nice. No one seems to have benefited more from that change in attitude than Young, who just a year and a half ago was encouraged by one local columnist in Austin, Texas, to switch from quarterback to wide receiver after a bad game. After that game, Brown and an assistant coach brought Young in and made him watch a highlight tape of himself in high school and some big plays he’d made at Texas. They reminded him what he was capable of and let him know they were sticking with him. The results of that pep talk speak for themselves. “We were uptight,” Young said. “We had a lot of guys pointing fingers at each other after we got our butts whopped against OU, but after that, things started changing. We wanted to get it done for coach Brown. He put a lot out there for us and people thought it was his fault, but it wasn’t. It was ours.” The road back For Brown, the fact that his “niceness” is even a topic of national discussion is the most gratifying part of this season, because it means the Longhorns are back in the national spotlight. When he took over the program in 1997, the Longhorns had just endured a 4-7 season under John Mackovic. Ticket sales had fallen to $8.7 million in 1997 (Texas netted $20.0 million in 2004), the alumni base had splintered and the Longhorns had fallen out of the top echelon of national programs. Brown had just led North Carolina to a 10-1 record and a No. 7 national ranking. It wasn’t easy to leave North Carolina. His wife, Sally, had built a successful real-estate business, his kids were in school and he’d just signed a stellar recruiting class. At first, Brown wasn’t interested in the Texas job, but when North Carolina balked at giving him a 10-year contract extension – and administrators told him to interview for the Texas job so they could match any offer – his thinking began to change. Brown was among a handful of candidates who interviewed, but the search stopped after he met with the committee. Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds offered him the job right after his interview. “Mack Brown completely blew the committee away. It was not a case of of one guy doing something wrong, it was simply that Mack was everything that was right,” legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal, who was on the search committee, wrote in Brown’s 2001 book, “One Heartbeat.” One of Brown’s first tasks when he took over the program was to enlist Royal’s help and make him more visible. Royal won three national titles between 1963 and 1970. “I asked him, ‘Help me with what’s wrong? Why haven’t you won for a while?’ And he said, ‘The University of Texas is the alums, the administration, the high school coaches, the media,” Brown recalled. “‘It’s like there’s a big box of BBs and we’ve dropped the box and everybody scattered everywhere. If you can ever get all those BBs back in the box, you’re going to be fine, because this can be a powerful place.’ ” Brown followed the advice to a T. He met with alumni groups, spoke at Longhorns functions, was accessible to the media, invited former players back and renewed relations with the state’s 1,200 high school coaches. According to Randy Quisenberry, football coach at Midland Lee High, the change from the previous staff to Brown’s was startling. “They opened everything up and I think it’s opened a lot of doors for them in recruiting,” Quisenberry said. “He really won over all the high school coaches. They wanted you to feel like you could come up any time. When you go up there, you can get right down in the drills and ask as many questions as you want. “Before, when I’d go up to UT, I almost felt that we were a nuisance and I think the other coaches did, too. Sometimes, with big-time programs like Texas, the high school coaches can feel like they’re getting snubbed. Like, ‘You can come out, but go stand over in the corner.’ … But it’s not like that now. They’ve created an atmosphere where people feel like they really care about the high school coaches.” Dipped and vaccinated When recruits come to visit, they find new, state-of-the art facilities. The plans for the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Center were drawn up during Mackovic’s reign, but it was Brown, and his wife, who had the most influence over the final product. One of the things Brown insisted on was building a trophy room to showcase all of the Longhorns’ traditions and accomplishments. Earl Campbell’s 1977 Heisman Trophy and Ricky Williams’ 1998 Heisman Trophy are prominently displayed. Before, Campbell’s Heisman was only accessible to be viewed by former lettermen. Downstairs, the walls are lined by photos of great moments in Longhorns history and great players. Even riding in the elevator is an experience. It plays “Eyes of Texas” on the way down and the Texas fight song on the way up. The locker room is 200 feet from the stadium. A huge set of longhorns are hung near the exit of the building, where players touch them for luck before they run onto the playing field. “We really felt like an appreciation for past coaches and past players was important,” Brown said. “The place you take over is really molded by somebody else. The truth is, we’re only visiting.” Maybe so, but in the eyes of Royal, one of the most popular public figures in the state, Brown has earned the right to be called a Texan. Early in his time at Texas, Royal gave Brown a “T ring,” an honor only attainable by Texas football lettermen. Brown protested, saying he wasn’t worthy of such an honor. “I hadn’t done a thing yet,” Brown said. When he first put it on, he put it on backward, with the “T” facing him, not outwards. “He corrected me,” Brown said. “He said, `It’s not for you, it’s for everyone else. … That meant a lot to me. It was like him saying, you’re part of the family now. You’ve been dipped and vaccinated.” The way Brown sees it, there are a handful of programs in college football that should be good every year and belong in the national spotlight. ” ‘SC should be a factor, they weren’t for a while. Texas should be a factor, Ohio State should be a factor, Alabama, Michigan,” Brown said. “What I feel now is that we’re back in the game. Texas should be in the game.” Just then, Brown looks up and over his shoulder at the view of the stadium. He takes a momentary pause as if pondering some thought. “You know, when you get older, you want to win every game, but you realize it’s not only about that,” he said. “It’s about the kids and the role models. All that’s more important. I would want to win the game for the state and for the fans who are so obsessed with winning the national championship. And for the kids, because it would be a lifetime dream for them.” Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img In the right-hand corner of the room, a cowboy hat, given to him by the cowboys who take care of Bevo, Texas’ mascot, sits atop a mounted steer head. Beneath it is a giant Texas football helmet constructed with LEGOs. And on the left side of the room, a golf hole has been cut in the floor, with a flag given to Brown by Phil Mickelson. “As you can tell, we’re a little different,” Brown joked. “We’re like a little museum, I guess.” last_img

Campuses overseen by district

December 29, 2019

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson – Daily News Charter schools are public schools funded by taxpayer money allocated by the state of California. They have their own boards and operate independently of local school districts, based on a contract outlining their goals and procedures. However, districts have oversight responsibility over charter schools and can revoke a charter if the school fails to meet its stated objectives. According to a study by the California Charter Schools Association, charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District outperformed noncharter campuses by an average of 39 points on the Academic Performance Index, a state benchmark for student achievement. LAUSD officials dispute the results, saying their calculations show that 37 percent of traditional and district-affiliated charters met benchmarks, compared with 33 percent of independent charters. last_img read more


Brockman big UW catch

December 29, 2019

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first_img His sister, Kirsten, played basketball for Washington and his brother, Paul, at Bellevue Community College. Jon always was trying to keep up with his siblings and learned how to ride a bike without training wheels before he was 3. He credits family pickup games for instilling work ethic. “They would always beat me,” Jon said. “I was always losing to one of them. That made me work harder every time.” Gordy was at the L.A. Sports Arena, where Brockman had nine points and seven rebounds in Washington’s 86-77 win at USC on Thursday. Becky stayed behind for her school’s Grandparents Day on Friday but will be in Los Angeles for today’s game. Turning down UCLA wasn’t easy for anyone in the family, according to Becky. “Between Coach Howland and Coach Wooden and (Pauley Pavilion), we know they’re building something special there,” Becky said. “Coach Howland and his staff were incredible. That made it a difficult choice. But he’s a family guy. When it came down to it, he wanted to play where his family and friends could continue to be part of it.” UCLA probably figured it had a better chance of landing Brockman when his good friend, Adam Heater, committed to play for UCLA’s football team. The Heater and Brockman families became good friends as a result of their childhood friendship. Heater said Brockman is one of the top five people he’s ever met. And one of the most competitive. “Jon’s always been competitive,” Heater said. “He can play basketball in jeans and go full speed diving for balls. That’s how he is. He loves to compete.” Romar gave Brockman top billing as a player that comes around once every decade. The praise is just fine for Brockman, as long as he makes good on those statements. “I have to be able to back that up,” Brockman said. “I’m just playing as hard as I can. That’s what I try to do every time I’m on the court.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA figured Jon Brockman was a perfect fit for the program. Of course, so did Duke, Washington and countless others. He was a throwback player, a tall, physical power forward with an unparalleled work ethic. He had the character and academic resume to match. The Bruins decided to pull out all the stops to try to win over the heralded recruit and his family a breakfast with John Wooden. “That was unbelievable,” Brockman said. “I’d met him a couple of times. That man, he’s an incredible man. It was the experience of a lifetime.” His mom, Becky, agreed. But even a visit with Wooden couldn’t trump Brockman’s family. And Brockman, who’s from Snohomish, Wash., chose Washington. Brockman is starting and already having a stellar freshman season for the 13th-ranked Huskies (13-2), who play No. 11 UCLA (14-2) today at Pauley Pavilion. Brockman, who’s 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, is averaging 10.1 points and is fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding with 7.1 per game. He won a starting spot in Washington coach Lorenzo Romar’s starting rotation by the season opener. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Romar said players like Brockman come around once every 10 years. “He gives you everything he has,” Romar said. “He looks you in the eye when you constructively criticize him. You try to motivate him. He nods his head and says, ‘Whatever you need me to do, Coach.” “ Howland loves to recruit big, strong frontcourt players and that’s what made his Pittsburgh team a success. “UCLA wanted him badly,” said Rick Kimbrel, a recruiting analyst for rivals.com. “They were one of the first teams to acknowledge him as a Division I-type guy. It’s hard to get a kid away from home.” Brockman, the youngest of four children, is the son of educators. Becky is an elementary school principal and his dad, Gordy, is an assistant principal at Snohomish High. Neither can take much time off work and Brockman wanted his family to be a part of his collegiate basketball career. last_img read more


SENATOR DEMANDS NEW ALL-IRELAND STRATEGY FOR FARMING

December 29, 2019

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first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnSinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed to “immediately outline the Governments strategy for assisting our farming community and protecting their interests that are clearly threatened by the Brexit vote”.Senator Mac Lochlainn said: “The recent Brexit vote will damage many sectors of the Irish and EU economies and there is no sector more vulnerable than the farming sector across the island of Ireland. With 51% of exports from agriculture going to the UK and similarly 51% of imports returning via the same route, it is ‘absolutely vital that a free trade agreement is sustained between both markets regardless of the UK’s future position within the single market of the EU’.“The last thing farmers need is the return of tariffs which will seriously erode the already lowered incomes being earned by farmers across the Agri-sector. The almost daily deterioration in the value of sterling is causing deep concern for farming families and as we know this is as a direct result of the Brexit vote. “These issues along with many others at play are as a direct consequence of Brexit. I and my colleagues in Sinn Féin are particularly worried by the recent comments from the German Vice Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, where he suggested that the Common Agricultural Policy should be cut substantially and I now call on Minister Creed to immediately rebuff these comments and now stand up in defence of Irish farmers.“I am now calling for the Government strategy to be compiled on an all island basis as part of an All-Ireland forum suggested by Sinn Féin with special recognition given to agriculture as part of any future negotiations on Brexit given the almost unbreakable nature with which farming communities both North and South work together at present.” SENATOR DEMANDS NEW ALL-IRELAND STRATEGY FOR FARMING was last modified: July 7th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more